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Pakistan's lone beer maker seeks overseas business

All images by Faisal Mahmood / Reuters

Workers at Pakistan's lone beer maker, Murree Brewery, line up empty beer bottles at the factory in Rawalpindi, Nov. 10, 2012.

The only brewery in Pakistan has a 150-year-old tradition. NBC's Amna Nawaz reports.

Faisal Mahmood, Reuters — Murree Brewery, established in 1860 by British colonial rulers to supply beer to their troops, is desperately looking for business overseas to hedge against its uncertain domestic market. Prohibition was imposed in Pakistan in 1977. Non-Muslims and foreigners must obtain a government permit to purchase alcohol at designated retailers which are mainly upscale hotels.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Images made available to NBC News on Nov. 15.

An employee prepares barley at the Murree Brewery in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Nov. 10.

A Murree Brewery employee checks barrels at the factory in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Nov. 10.

A Murree Brewery guard closes the factory's main gate in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Nov. 10.

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